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Photo specs

Place: Hope River, South Island, New Zealand
Category: Fly Life
Edition: 10 L/E, 2 A/P lifetime pieces in each of two sizes (20/4)
Photo ID: NZ_1272-KiwiVanGogh

Kiwi Van Gogh

High on New Zealand’s Canterbury cliffs overlooking the river, a “blue head” trout stationed itself in a feeding lane off a current break formed by an ochre, mid-current boulder. Blue head is a term used by kiwi anglers to identify seasoned brown trout that adopt a blueish-green cast as they reach maturity. This particular blue head was hunted for two days, offered a few dozen patterns, but refused to bite, enjoying instead the vivid palette of the New Zealand currents.

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